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Tommy Dew's Walking History Tour

Charleston, SC, USA
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Laura G wrote a review Jul 2022
Crofton, Maryland4 contributions2 helpful votes
Tommy is TERRIFIC! I really learned so much about Charleston and South Carolina and its history and how this city transformed (and how it didn't). My husband, 17 and 19 year old and I went on this walking tour and we ALL ENJOYED IT. That is not an easy thing to do. Tommy is knowledgeable, funny, engaging, and has great energy. I HIGHLY recommend his tour! It really is great for everyone!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Kevin wrote a review Jul 2022
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Tommy takes you back in time to the Deep South. You get a perspective on southern life that you really never understood before. The freedom of religion is explained thoroughly and you understand why religion is a huge part of Charlestons history. You learn the importance of Charleston in both the revolutionary and civil wars. From the cemeteries, churches, revolutionary era homes all the way down to the battery where fort sumpter can be seen tommy has you engrossed in the history of this forgotten Great City in America. As a catholic New Yorker I was not offended by Tommy’s “southerners viewpoint” I found him him to be honest and passionate and very knowledgeable in Charleston’s history going back to pre revolutionary times. I also believe it is important to know how people in this part of the country think about the past in order for us all to make a better future. I would recommend this tour to every open minded person that wants to relive a piece of southern history. If I ever make it back to Charleston I would absolutely take this tour again.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Michelle R wrote a review Jul 2022
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Tommy Dew’s walk through the cemetery was like traveling back in time. I even learned a fact that I didn’t know about the Democratic National Convention of 1860 and why it was a divided Democratic Party. The theatre tour was wonderful and he kept a nice pace for everyone. My daughter enjoyed his humor and he was very engaging. He knew both sides of the Civil War and I would highly recommend his tour.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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SMHartley wrote a review Jun 2022
Huron, Ohio26 contributions6 helpful votes
If you prefer a white southerner’s nostalgic view of antebellum south, this is the guide for you. We visited John C. Calhoun’s grave and heard lauds of what an orator he was, neglecting to tell us that Calhoun was a person firmly entrenched in preserving the institution of slavery. We heard that the slaves weren’t employable since they didn’t know how to read or write, neglecting to mention that it was unlawful for an enslaved person to be taught such basic necessities. We were told that the absence of slave revolts must have meant the enslaved people were content with slavery, neglecting to mention the Stono Rebellion of 1739 which resulted in SC enacting the Negro Act in 1740, solidifying white supremacy by prohibiting enslaved African people from growing their own food, learning to read, moving freely, assembling in groups, or earning money. It also authorized white enslavers to whip and kill enslaved Africans for being "rebellious." We didn’t hear about Denmark Vesey’s 1822 alleged plot to revolt, either, and the Charleston response in forming a militia of 150 to quell possible slave uprisings, a militia whose training facility became known as The Citadel. We were told Charleston is a city founded on tremendous religious Liberty, but when asked about Catholics, not mentioned in the long list of Christian faiths active in Charleston, were given an interesting perspective about the Catholics and the Spanish. It did not include the fact that Spanish Florida had been a haven for enslaved people to escape to since the 17th century, for if they professed the Catholic faith, they’d be declared free persons, creating tension between the Spanish in Florida and the English in the Carolinas. There is rich history to learn in Charleston; be aware that this guide will limit information shared, painting a picture that lacks context of the full truths of history.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Van M wrote a review Apr 2022
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If you only go on one tour, I recommend this one. We also went on a carriage tour during this trip, but Tommy's version is far superior. He is very knowledgeable and engaging. Instead of giving a canned presentation, Tommy was interactive and frequently solicited questions. He gave an interesting perspective on how events such as the Civil War and even Hurricane Hugo have shaped modern Charleston.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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